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In my Writing Motivational Tip videos, I am in the middle of doing a series on Conservative Writing. Head over to my YouTube channel videos to check them out! Here is the first video in the series:

I have begun a new series on YouTube! In real time, you get to observe my work on my stories. This is an insider’s peek on what it actually takes to make a story come to life. Watch this series for inspiration as well as for a relaxing background noise when you go to write your own story! Here is the first video:

From my Treasure on the Southern Moor and The Williams House websites, I am beginning again to re-broadcast story snippets. Head on over to check them out!

Treasure on the Southern Moor: https://treasureonthesouthernmoor.wordpress.com/

The Williams House: https://thewilliamshouse.wordpress.com/

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

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Prudent Forms of Reform

The thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.” ~Russell Kirk’s tenth principal in The Politics of Prudence.

The difficulty with most radicals is that they are too quick to destroy enduring truths that have stood the test of time. There are those who desire to destroy the government establishment and become anarchists, and there are those who desire government to be controlling everything a citizen does. Both forms alike can be equally dangerous because of its quick-changing motion in a society. Rather, Professor Kirk argues that healthy society must be influenced by Permanence and Progression: Permanence being “those enduring interests that gives us stability and continuity”, and Progression being “that spirit and that body of talents which urge us on to prudent reform and improvement”.

The Conservative argues that anarchy will descend into either chaos (which dissolves a society into oblivion) or to the rebirth of only a more formidable government. On the other side of the coin, Totalitarianism is impossible to maintain and will invariably lead to rebellion and revolution. Our founding fathers when setting up the Constitution of the United States understood both of these extremes, being well versed in governmental control both ancient and modern to their times. Rather, they set up a system of government that gave the people a republican state that was neither tyrannical nor non-existent, an elective state that held the people accountable but was not controlling their lives. And most importantly, this system of government allowed for slow and prudent reform as the American nation grew and matured.

Since true conservatism is the negation of ideologies, it is impossible to adhere conservatism with fast and rapid change within a society’s structure. This is because conservatism understands that reform does not come through social programs, but rather through a renewed interest in those enduring truths (or “permanent things”, as The Professor called them) that will always live in a healthy society as long as the earth remains.

New Email List

Hello everyone! So, I have finally created my first email list. As such, I have opted to send the free eBook to those who are signing up for this list. In addition to the eBook, you will receive at least weekly updates on writing news, progress in publications, as well as conservative and virtuous ideas and thoughts that come my way. Sign up for this list now! Let’s see where this takes us.

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Harem Scarem Fife Tune – Music Room

Hi everyone! This is a well-known fife tune in the Fife and Drum Reenactor world. It is called Harem Scarem and is one of the favorites at the mid-west annual fife and drum event known as Freezer Jam. I hope you enjoy!

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Bookstore Down!!!

For any who have tried to make recent purchases of my book The Williams House, the Xulon Bookstore is currently down. I do not know the reason for this and am trying to get in touch with my production coordinator to see when/if the issue will be resolved. I know that the Xulon offices were evacuated because of hurricane Irma, yet they I do not think were damaged badly because they have been mentioning resuming work, and I do not know whether or not that is the cause of the bookstore being down.

Regardless, in the meantime, I am linking to where you can purchase my book on Amazon. Please visit this link to buy my book The Williams House: https://www.amazon.com/Williams-House-Joshua-Reynolds/dp/1498496210/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1486162225&sr=8-15

Thank you!

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Russell Kirk on Centralized Government

But these United States, accustomed to territorial democracy, have no class of leaders and administrators competent to undertake the consolidated direction which the centralizers propose. I do not discern a class of men here competent to rule wisely this immense nation, once territorial democracy and the federal framework – both principal schools of national leadership – should be undone.

. . . I do not know how we could expect the most expert of statists to direct paternally and justly the concerns of this nation, once local volition and private self-reliance had been seriously weakened. A man has but twenty-four hours in his day, and can read only a limited number of papers. Such centralization defeats its own object, in persons as in departments. The man-killing job of the Presidency – to which the centralizers would add numerous fresh responsibilities – may be sufficient illustration of my meaning.

To destroy territorial democracy and the federal system in America is quite possible . . . but it is less easy to provide some alternative satisfactory scheme of politics. Once the principle of volition, with the sense of participation and local decision, vanishes from American life, Americans are liable to become an unmanageable people.
~Russell Kirk in The Politics of Prudence

In short, Professor Kirk’s argument is that no bureaucracy could handle the extent of America’s issues on a minute scale. He was not in any regard speaking against having a federal government in general, as he was an avid proponent of the Constitution. Yet, that Government should be limited to federal decisions. He quotes several examples of government decisions that should have been kept to local authority, and generally, as we should expect, those decisions usually ended in failure. The Professor goes on to state that centralized government, if pursued and carried to its end, will always invariably lead to a socialist and communist state, such as Russia was or Vietnam is now. And being conservatives as the Professor was and I am, we would agree that such would be disastrous.

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Happy Labor Day!

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This day, I will be spending getting caught up on some reading (here’s my list). Don’t waste the day on a computer screen! Get caught up with some reading. In fact, set aside some family reading time. Start with The Williams House! Purchase this book directly here: http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781498496216&HC_ISBN=. Listen to select chapters of this book read by me, the author, on my YouTube channel! Also, be watching for my book Treasure on the Southern Moor, which should be in print at most in a couple weeks. Find out the latest about this book here.

This is Joshua Reynolds saying, “Happy Labor Day!” May God richly bless your time with family and friends. Remember to glorify Him and edify the brethren in all you say, do, and think today.

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

 

What I Believe in a Nutshell: Christian, Reformed, Post Millennial, Conservative

Hello everyone,

So I thought I would put a short video together detailing the sum of my worldview in a nutshell. This occurred to me because, as those who are following me know, I’ve been doing a series of videos reading select chapters of my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor. (You can find out more information about them in my bookstore!) As I’ve been uploading videos of me reading my books, I recently obtained my first YouTube subscriber. Then afterward, I made a video detailing what both books are generally about, and in that video I mentioned the two phrases “Christian Virtues” and “Family Values”. After I published that video, I lost my one subscriber.

Whether or not the above was a coincidence, I do not know. Yet, I thought it would be best if I state my principles and beliefs in this video so there will be no misunderstandings. I hope you enjoy! God bless you.

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Reciting Galatians

Hello everyone,

So after reciting the entire Westminster Shorter Catechism (watch here), I thought I would recite the entire book of Galatians. I’ve had Galatians memorized for over 2 years now and have recited it usually several times a week. The theme of the book is justification by faith alone, or as Martin Luther would say, Sola Fide! It is one of the Pauline epistles and is between 2 Corinthians and Ephesians (I have begun memorizing Ephesians but took a hiatus from it to complete the WSC). The letter spans six chapters long, and I recite it in under 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. My Authoring Conservatism Post